The Kitchen American Bistro | Chicago

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Kitchen is an American bistro located in the historic Reid Murdoch Building downtown on the Chicago River, open seven days a week at 11AM. The menu focuses on rustic, seasonal plates sourced from local farmers and purveyors. The atmosphere and service reflects The Kitchen’s philosophy: community through food.
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4.6
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CW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Overpriced for the amount of food.

k
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decorating so cute for the holidays. The bartender was attentive and same with our server.
Food was good and drinks were good.
Didn’t feel rushed. Plus the soaps in the bathroom were great! Several of us commented on that 😀

MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great great. Amazing food and location and such nice staff to families with kids.

k
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We know we can rely on this restaurant. It just doesn’t matter when we go – we can get great beverages, fresh and delicious food combinations, outstanding desserts – it just never misses. Totally reliable and comfortable - with a great view of the river!

AG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My out of town family and I went there after visiting Millennium Park and seeing other sights this holiday season. We went at an off time so the service was excellent. Our server Esther was friendly and answered all of our questions. My nieces loved the decor and being able to look out at the river. Our cocktails were tasty and the one (Basil’s Last Word) was so pretty. The food was delicious and we will be back.

VB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We liked this place overall. Food was good, rib eye was to die for. We decide to go family style and share everything and that worked well. Portions could be bigger especially since everything is a la carte. We were hungry because it was late and asked for bread, but 2 different servers say they didn't have any even though we could see stacks of it in the kitchen. Finally the second server brought us some flat bread type crackers which were fine, might be a good idea to bring out in the first place to keep peeps happy. Overall very nice!

T
Chicago
77 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit. Outstanding meal as well as very fine service

We will be back

AQ
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Good for first dates etc. Not to have a nice hearty meal. Drinks are very basic and costly. Staff is very pleasant and sweet.

MP
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, some fun dishes to share. Crisp cold salads. Yummy shrimp hushpuppies. Amazing porkchop, perfect scallops and roasted brussel sprouts. A little bubbly to drink. Great attentive service. Oh and sticky toffee pudding. Wow!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good,beside the steak
First it came raw and then it was burned and no taste at all

s
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, and the service was even better. We were seated at a high top with a water view.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very good experience - first time here. We were celebrating my friends birthday.

CD
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful when I had extra people show up to my party and the service was awesome. Thanks guys!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday luncheon for our team of 8. Loved the round table. Perfect for our group. Food was delicious. Service was prompt and professional.

JM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. The blackened bok choy was delicious and had a strong chili kick to it. Nice to see multiple gluten free options for dessert, and the chocolate hazelnut tort was fantastic, as was the Bourbon pecan ice cream. Beautiful river view. Only complaint is banquet seating is a little low for comfort.

l
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice adaptations of meals, good flavors, but not breathtaking.

JW
New England
46 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

That was our first time. Went for brunch and was very glad to get a quick reservation. The food was very good but I thought the menu was a little limited. I found the service to also be very good. Attentive & quick.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Large group for a late night dinner after the theater - wonderful experience from beginning to end - highly recommend

BN
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Great location. The service was solid, just received some inaccurate menu item descriptions - might be worth having the wait staff taste items periodically. Other than that, love the place and had an overall great dining experience.

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We were served our roasted salmon and it was very raw all through. We sent it back and we got another piece of quite raw not cooked salmon. We ended up not eating it as we had no more time to spend waiting. The manager did come over and apologize and said to give her a call next time we were in but how about an on the spot discount for what we did eat?

R
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot; they did a wonderful job for my dad's birthday. I can't wait to go back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was good- we shared several small plates and all were very tasty! Also had dessert. It was a little more expensive - especially the wine by the glass.

B
Chicago
179 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Chris
Great job

GK
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, it’s at the top of our list of favorites

GF
Toledo
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service a bit slow. Food was exceptional. Bloody Mary unusual but delicious! Overall great experience.

NS
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for either business lunch or friends get together

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great to come here. Service is excellent alongside great food

KK
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Food and ambience was fantastic. Will definitely recommend.

NS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday fun!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food. Server got some items wrong but no problems really.

j
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Thanksgiving menu had a vegetarian main dish option, which was delicious, as well as traditional turkey and cranberries. Desserts were also very good but we got ours to go as we were so full from dinner. Enjoyable holiday evening. Would recommend.

NP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Thanksgiving Meal and wonderful ambience. Will come back.

LH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy Thanksgiving meal 😊

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great thanksgiving dinner

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for Thanksgiving. It was pretty expensive for what we got with the Thanksgiving meal, but the food was excellent and service even better.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great thanksgiving dinner with the family.

Food was great, one tip for the chef - warm the plates else the dinner is cold.

SC
New England
39 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Thanksgiving dinner for family - grandparents, parents and three little girls 18 mos., 4 yrs. and 6 yrs. Everyone enjoyed the food, the service and the setting. Traditional turkey, stuffing, roast sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, preceded by a plate of prosciutto, burrata, gherkins, hummus, lavash., followed by pumpkin cheesecake and apple pie with ice cream.

L
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely multi course Thanksgiving dinner. It wasn’t crowded at all and we were seated at a table with plenty of room. Food was really delicious. Three of us are veggies and we had plenty to eat.

m
Springfield
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Lunch.
Dropped in on a whim, great time. Lovely waiter and staff. Great prix fixe menu and a la carte options. Enjoyed it.

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